Neo@Ogilvy Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
27 Reviews
3.4
27 Reviews
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    An Academy for Media and Advertising

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    Current Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Neo@Ogilvy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Unlimited opportunities, if you're intelligent, articulate and prepared to work hard you can get quickly promoted and move across accounts. Chances to work in other offices around the world. Great people, client roster and office.

    Cons

    Work can be demanding, but you get out what you put in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on training jnr-mid level staff, a challenge for all agencies though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Workplace for recent graduates

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Neo@Ogilvy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Casual workplace, summer Fridays, one-week long xmas vacation

    Cons

    Political environment, very limited career advancement, senior management lacks of long-term visions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    great clients, but mobility lacking

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    Former Employee - Assistant Search Planner  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Search Planner in New York, NY

    I worked at Neo@Ogilvy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    huge company with a 360 point of view. There is huge name recognition with this job, people know Ogilvy's name in the industry it is like claiming an Ivy League school for advertising. The knowledge you gain is tremendous in client communication. Has amazing top clients and huge budgets, above the industry norm. The resources are great and the benefits are decent: gym, cafeteria, PTO, health benefits, 401K and pension! Free shuttle service to Grand Central and Penn Station. If you work late dinner and transportation are reimbursed (this happens frequently). There is a lot of free food!

    Cons

    too many to count. There are silos in every channel and they do not like you stepping outside your role. Pay is well below average (you go to Ogilvy for the name recognition). There is pressure not take your paid time off and to stay well beyond the normal hours no matter what level. Days can average above 12 with no lunch break. The disadvantage of being on 11th ave is there is nowhere to really go eat except the building cafeteria. There is pressure to bring your lunch upstairs and eat at your desk. There is a lot of disconnect between managers and employees. Upper level management seems to often have no idea what is going on and morale is low as a result. The location is difficult to get to becuase there is no subway nearby (7 line is opening in 2014 and will have a stop on 11 and 34!). They do not let you escape your silo and learn other channels. The management really works you to the bone until you break and keeps going after. Display teams distrust and dont value Paid Search and vice versa. There is a lack of support for other channels, such as social, programmatic, and SEO (including blogging), and affiliates and local. They seem to believe Display is the strongest area of the industry, despite all evidence to the contrary. There is NO structured training for entry level employees. The existing training is a disorganized mess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a better and clearer career path. Allow people to understand the 360 view you always promote including understanding all channels. Transportation issue seems to be solved. Analyze time sheets and try to distribute work more evenly. Encourage people to take their lunch or at least a short break. Provide bonuses ( a cola like 1-3%) based on performance review and backfill positions more quickly. Create a standardized agency training program for all channels so people understand the basics. Your retention rate needs to improve and all of this can go a long way. Everyone felt there was no work life balance or respect for employees. Show them you care with these items and so many people would be willing to stay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Work hard, play hard

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Neo@Ogilvy

    Pros

    Great people: inspiring and approachable leaders, brilliant and fun colleagues
    Great work: strong client roster, innovative teams
    Great perks: summer Fridays, closed between Christmas and the new year, gym and medical center in the building, rooftop access, weekly happy hours, tons of social & learning events

    Neo is great place to learn and grow. You are empowered to run with your ideas regardless of your level. There has been a strong push for building culture and encouraging employee growth. There are big things ahead.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to navigate across the entire organization and understand the complexities of how and where Neo fits in Ogilvy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, little to no training, old-school

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Neo@Ogilvy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Camaraderie within teams
    Several brilliant minds, empathetic/graceful managers, and strong leaders among Neo faithful
    Prestigious accounts
    Senior management making a genuine effort to retain more employees
    Amenities: Gym, Shuttle service, health center, roof deck
    Neo infrastructure actively seeking and utilizing employee feedback in an effort to improve the firm's weaknesses and build upon its strengths

    Cons

    Little to no training for new hires and new team members a common refrain among current and former employees, existing training lacks structure entirely
    No supervisor training (ie how to manage)--goal-setting and feedback system overhaul only just taking place, relationships are not stressed, friendliness is not encouraged
    Old-school firm, lacks forward-thinking initiative
    Several of Neo's brightest have recently left
    Commuting to 11th ave (and traveling through times square daily) is a definite con
    Employee turnover leads to unfilled holes and subsequent long hours and increased stress for remaining team members (another common refrain)
    Account, planning, analytics, search, social teams of Neo, OgilvyOne, other Ogilvy arms, and sometimes third party agencies, often lack coordination and leadership when working together (although this is sometimes a client issue)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on building employee-supervisor relationships, proactively seek solutions to toxic situations
    Expand and overhaul training system
    Do not delay when hiring replacements, do not defer promotions and raises
    Stress that employees of all levels are valued
    Create mechanisms for separate teams to interact, share knowledge, and work together

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Your experience is entirely based on your team

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    Former Employee - Assistant Media Planner  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Media Planner in New York, NY

    I worked at Neo@Ogilvy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing amenities so you never have to leave the building: gym, huge cafeteria, barbershop, bank, doctor, concierge, counseling, masseuse, Starbucks, shoeshiner, nail tech 1x a week, and rooftop garden
    Shuttles: As the office is out of the way, they have buses to pick you up at Grand Central, Penn Station, and Port Authority
    As the last shuttle leaves at 7:40pm and working later is normal, Ogilvy pays for your cab ride home if you work until 8, plus $25 if your dinner if you order in..
    Big name clients: Great resume builders
    Very structured: There is a process for everything
    9am start time
    Pay: Above average, but you do not get overtime like some other agencies
    Having the name Ogilvy on your resume
    Vendor outings
    Teams: your team will begin to feel like your family

    Cons

    Location of office
    Work life balance: be prepared to give up your soul... on the positive side: you will learn a lot, learn faster than people at other agencies who just work 40-45 hours, and will excel easily at other agencies after you leave
    High stress: Tears, yelling, anything goes
    Extremely high turnover: your team will consist of completely different people each year
    Lunch: you go to the in-building cafeteria ~5 minutes then eat your food at your desk. Understandably most people don't have lunch breaks, but other agencies have the excuse to leave the building to walk to get food

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm very glad I paid my dues here. Would I do it again? That's hard to say!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Neo@Ogilvy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Get to work with creative, smart, and genuine people, as well as get your hands on top notch accounts. There's room to grow and learn.

    Cons

    As with any company, there are silos but that may disappear with time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help reduce silos by creating events that can involve the entire company. Spend time with employees and recognize them for their hard work (doesn't have to be monetary).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    An incredible company with love and drive for digital media

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Search Planner  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Search Planner in New York, NY

    I worked at Neo@Ogilvy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    At its core, Neo values the implementation of innovation, and as a result, the work is insightful, highly detail oriented, and always new. I worked with a director who, like many at Neo, approached every new idea as a potential opportunity. Very few work environments encourage employees to think critically without being skeptical, and this outlook consistently enabled my coworkers to be positive and enthusiastic, especially in a practice with so much change and intensity. Overall, the work at Neo is thoughtful, the people are wonderful, and the opportunities for growth are excellent.

    Cons

    My biggest challenge working at Neo was immersing myself in the rest of the Ogilvy. It is easy at Neo to separate yourself from the agency at large, and I know Neo is working on initiatives to keep employees connected to Ogilvy's big picture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awful work experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Neo@Ogilvy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some of the best people I've ever worked with. Though the awful environment likely led to the closeness. Similar to prison inmates driven together out of desperation.

    Cons

    Long, long, long hours
    Absolutely no regard for personal life; seemed like the only people who succeeded are those that had no lives and only lived and breathed work
    Completely mismanaged; no training for new people and automatically thrown in to positions they aren't prepared for in order to pick up the pieces from all the numerous people quitting before them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize you will lose good people and clients to the mismanagement and disregard for employees happiness and growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great employee vibe, work is demanding

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Neo@Ogilvy

    Pros

    Smart people who are deserving of working there, ability to move up quickly compared to rest of corporate world, trains new hires very efficiently/effectively, parties/entertainment often, winning new business

    Cons

    No overtime, long long hours, not so great work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reach out to employees post anniversaries

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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